Rams Stay Hot, Blank Bryant 3-0

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

How It Happened                                      
Senior Becca Rogers had her third win of the weekend, combining with classmate Julia Waraksy on the shutout as Rhode Island defeated Bryant 3-0 Sunday on the final day of the Charleston Invitational.

After allowing a double to lead off the game, Rogers got out of the jam by getting a flyout and back-to-back strikeouts. She retired 15 out of the next 16 batter she faced following the leadoff double, once again giving the Rams a dominant outing in the circle.

Rhody (6-9) took the lead in the bottom of the first. Sami Villarreal drew a leadoff walk, stole second and moved to third on a groundout. Erica Robles drove her in with a two-out single through the left side.

The Rams added single insurance runs in the third and fourth innings. In the third inning, Robles again delivered a two-out RBI single, this time bringing Faith Musselwhite home. In the fourth inning, Leah Krivitsky's RBI single scored Caileigh Holland, extending the URI lead to 3-0.

Bryant (1-13) managed to get two runners on base in the seventh, but Waraksy induced a double play and a flyout to end the game.

Inside the Box Score

  • Rhode Island won four of its five games at the Charleston Invitational. It is the first time the Rams have won four games at an in-season tournament since going 4-6 at the Spring Rebel Games in 2009.
  • Senior Becca Rogers pitched 6.0 shutout innings, allowing three hits and striking out nine batters. It was a career in strikeouts for her.
  • Rogers was 3-0 with a 0.74 earned run average, 23 strikeouts and just six walks in 19.0 innings of work over the weekend.
  • Senior Julia Waraksy became Rhode Island's all-time leader in saves with the fifth of her career. With her second save in as many days, Waraksy is the first pitcher in program history to save multiple games in two different seasons.
  • Junior Erica Robles doubled, singled twice and drove in a pair of runs.
  • Freshman Faith Musselwhite singled, walked and scored a run. She extended her hitting streak to six games.
  • Freshman Sami Villarreal singled, walked twice, scored one run and stole two bases. She raised her season batting average to .415 and her on-base percentage to .528.
  • Redshirt freshman Leah Krivitsky singled, drove in one run and stole one base. Over her last three games, she is 4-for-7 with two walks, three RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases.
  • Senior Adriana Toro and freshman Susan Harrison each singled once. Junior Caileigh walked and scored a run.
  • The three-game winning streak matches Rhode Island's longest since it won four straight in 2010.

What's Next
Rhode Island heads to Maryland to play five games at the Maryland Invitational from March 14-16. The Rams will play UMBC and Maryland on Thursday, Drexel and Villanova Friday and then Saint Peter's Saturday.